One Step at a Time – One-of-a-kind wall sculpture


The ‘head’ and ‘body’ parts seemed to be destined to become a turtle. However, finding the legs for taking one step at a time was hard work. Street trash comes in all sizes and shapes, not just turtle-leg shapes. I tried lots of different objects before I found four that more or less worked together to get this turtle out of the water and onto land.

The name of this found object assemblage wall sculpture is One Step at a Time. It is 21x31cm in size and is ready to hang. I created it on a plywood board found in a skip, and made the turtle out of a smashed tin can and smashed lug nuts, all found the on the streets.

My Inspiration

Working as a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer, I create wall sculptures, 3D sculptures and brooches. I limit my ‘raw materials’ to the metal, wood, tiles and plastic that I gather from streets and skips.

Many of my works are inspired by the Melbourne skyline, especially at sunrise and sunset. Often I try to incorporate ‘natural features’. A bent nail can suggest a meandering river, rusted sheet metal transforms into a cloud, or a broken tile becomes a mountain.

My more abstract works are stimulated by the found objects themselves, which I often place in juxtaposition. At other times, I emphasise their rusted, scratched or variegated surfaces.

Sustainable art

My art is inspired by a strong interest in sustainability through repurposing and upcycling. My hope is that this artwork makes you smile and, at the same time, reminds you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.